Btw, Pinterest haters? George Takei now has an account. Your arguments are invalid.
I'm not sure how we got chosen. They sent out a survey several months ago. I filled it out and sent it back, and apparently we fit a demographic quota they needed to fill. They called last night and said we'd been chosen, asked a bunch more questions, and are sending out our little monitors this week. I've always wanted to do this because, like I said, my favorite shows always get cancelled. I could have saved Firefly, and Angel, and Dollhouse. I could have singlehandedly saved the Joss Whedon TV empire!
The guy told me the monitor picks up some kind of signal from broadcasts, so it will even read stuff like if we are in a supermarket or doctor's office and the radio is on. I guess that's part of why we can represent about 1300 people each (yes, my household of 4 represents about 5000 people - suck it, bitches!). The bad part is that we have to wear these little monitors that are about the size of an iPhone for at least 5 hours a day (the kids) and pretty much all waking hours for the adults. I don't mind, though. I've always really wanted to be able to know I had a say in what was on TV. Maybe I could have saved Chuck. Who knows. All it takes is the right demographic, right?
And I am only influenced by what I like, so I cannot be bribed to leave Jersey Shore on as background noise while I clean house. I would feel dirty.